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Senators Paychecks Withheld Until Resolution

Gov Keeps Senators in Albany Through Holiday Weekend

Friday, July 03, 2009

New York State Senators are looking at a holiday weekend in Albany. Governor Paterson has called a special session every day through Monday.

Meanwhile, he's trying to mediate between the two sides of the Senate stalemate. Paterson met privately with both GOP and Democratic leaders yesterday, and both sides say they're closing in on an end to the nearly four-week standoff over control of the chamber.

But until the leadership struggle is resolved, the state's controller says he'll withhold the senators' paychecks. Karen DeWitt reports.

REPORTER: Controller Tom DiNapoli says he'll withhold the pay of all 62 senators who have not acted on legislation since a June 8th coup and its aftermath split the Senate into two 31-member factions. The Controller in a statement says he's asked a state supreme court judge to determine whether he can actually refuse to sign off on the senators paychecks.

DiNapoli says he's also sitting on over 250 vouchers submitted by senators for their travel and per diem living expenses. The Controller says he was reluctant to get involved in the Senate fight but is now doing so at the urging of Governor David Paterson, who has also ordered the senators to remain in Albany over the July 4th weekend. In Albany, I'm Karen DeWitt.

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